June 1, 2006
CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION ISSUES CEASE AND DESIST
ORDER AGAINST TICKET SELLER
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that his Consumer Protection Division has issued a cease and desist
order requiring a seller of concert and airline tickets to pay
restitution to consumers and to stop selling goods and services
in Maryland. Peter Toronto of Curtis Bay, Maryland collected payments
from consumers for airline tickets and concert tickets but, after
getting paid, did not provide the promised tickets.
Protection Division determined that Toronto violated the Maryland
Consumer Protection Act by selling tickets that he
failed to provide and by failing to refund customers’ payments.
The Division’s cease and desist order immediately bars Mr.
Toronto from accepting advance payments from consumers and orders
Mr. Toronto to immediately stop selling goods or services to Maryland
consumers unless he provides the Division a $20,000 performance
bond, letter of credit, or cash deposit. Mr. Toronto has 30 days
to request a hearing to challenge the Division’s order. The
Division also ordered Mr. Toronto to return all of the money he
took from consumers for tickets or other goods or services that
he did not provide. The Division found that ten consumers are owed
at least $19,956.00.
Consumers who purchased, but did not receive goods or services
from Peter Toronto should call the Consumer Protection Division
at 410-576-6569 or write to the Consumer Protection Division at
200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.